Watercress

Watercress is cultivated for its attractiveness as a garnish as well as the bite it gives to soups, pesto, trout, salads, sandwiches and vegetable juices. It is a semi-aquatic perennial herb found wild in streams passing through chalk soils. The cultivated form, now usually grown hydroponically, is preferred, as wild watercress is often a refuge for river flukes in areas where sheep graze.

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The plant has compound green leaves, a hollow stem and insignificant white flowers. The plant is notable more bitter when flowering. You can grow watercress in pots in a partially shaded position. It prefers a well limed soil. Harvest watercress fresh and only use before flowering. Store it at room temperature with its roots in water.

The sharp peppery taste of watercress makes it a good salad green. It goes well with a citrus dressing. Use watercress in soups. sandwiches and sauces for fish.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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20 thoughts on “Watercress

  1. Thanks for sharing about it. Moreover, it makes the dish more presentable.

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    1. thanks for taking the time out to read the post Mellisa 🙂

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  2. Hi Tandy, a friend of mine grew watercress successfully this year in his garden and I’m going to give it a go too. Apparently it can be grown “out” of water so I’m going to try some in the garden. The taste of homegrown was amazing.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday / break, and best wishes for 2014, Claire x

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    1. I am also going to try and grow it out of water. Have a super 2014 Claire xox

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  3. I adore cress salads!

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    1. I really must grow the seeds I brought back from Italy 🙂

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  4. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your holiday.
    Love to you and your family xx
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    1. and the same to you Julie 🙂

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  5. I love watercress! We can’t grow it, but we do find it occasionally at the markets, at specialty herb and veg growers. Merry Christmas Tandy! xx

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    1. Luckily we get it here quite easily as I really enjoy it 🙂

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  6. I rarely use watercress but should change that!

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    1. It is a great additional ingredient for salads Joanne 🙂

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  7. Enjoy your holiday time. Wishing you the best and brightest New Year.

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    1. And the same to you Karen 🙂

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  8. I didn’t realise that it is more bitter when it is flowering!
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    1. Me either, that is why I have loved these posts so much 🙂

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  9. love the peppery and fresh flavor these greens add to numerous salads…amazing,thanks 🙂
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    1. my pleasure Kumar 🙂

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  10. I hope your leave time is a joy, Tandy–wishing you a lovely holiday time!
    xo

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    1. thank you so much Kathryn 🙂

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